My thoughts today are about news from the Seattle area, where I grew up. This concerns an article about an eleven year old boy who is now listed as a felon. Why? Well, some people outside the local area have probably read about this boy's well known escapade where he managed to somehow talk his way through airport security and onto two separate flights in an attempt to visit his grandfather in Texas. A judge agreed with prosecutors that the boy has been given too many chances and has taken advantage of them. After reading all those articles as they have come out, I am glad this boy is being shown that the criminal justice system is serious.
Some would probably blame a dysfunctional family. This could be a good argument considering that the boy and his siblings have been in foster care. I do not think a dysfunctional family would cause a young boy to do as much as he has done already.
Others would bring up the obvious lack of security at the airport. I can agree with this argument. I fly several times a year. As a result of my numerous trips, I have a few stories to tell about airports and the security, including some that would probably raise some great concerns. Those did not involve a person talking their way through the security checkpoint with no ID and no boarding pass, though. When I read about the first escapade, I was stunned that the boy had managed to not only get through security but onto two separate planes. Imagine my reaction when the media reported that he tried again and was stopped at the boarding gate. I sincerely hope the personnel who allowed this kid to con them are no longer working at the airport. I also hope the airport is much more careful about who they hire and how procedures are followed.
A third argument would be about the boy's age. How could the court give such a status to a boy so young? Well, the boy has done enough crimes to earn the felon status, and he obviously has not learned from them. Yes, I think he should be named a felon. Should this be permanent, though? That is not up for me to decide. Maybe if the kid gets his act together and behaves himself for the next ten years, he can convince a judge to seal his record. That will be for the judge to decide, though. I wonder if that article will make the news?